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Arizona Senator John McCain is calling on Turkey’s President to hold security personnel accountable for an attack on protesters in Washington DC this week. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports. 

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The state Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would make it a crime to organize a protest that turns violent. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, Republican lawmakers say enhanced measures are needed. 

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The state Court of Appeals will decide whether groups that run ads criticizing candidates right before an election have to disclose their donors. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

State Senate Committe Votes to Limit Political Speech

Feb 16, 2012

A Senate panel voted Wednesday to make it illegal for public school teachers to promote partisan viewpoints. 

Senator Lori Klein said she has heard complaints that some teachers are espousing their own political beliefs in the classroom. Her legislation says any instructor that promotes 'partisan doctrine' would automatically lose his or her license to teach. The same would be true of any of what Klein calls uni-partisan exercises or anything that indoctrinates pupils to accept the teacher's viewpoints. Senator David Lujan said he fears a ban on anything considered partisan.